Kile Glover, Usher’s 11-year-old stepson, who was injured in a jet-ski accident earlier this month, has died after doctors removed him from life support.
Tameka Raymond, the boy’s mother, is said to have agonized over the decision and is “understandably devastated” by her son’s untimely death, TMZ reports.
Doctors removed the life-sustaining equipment after determining that Kile’s injuries were too severe for a recovery. The child was struck by a jet ski, reportedly operated by family friend Jeffrey Hobbard, while in an inner-tube on Lake Lanier in Georgia.
The accident is still under investigation, according to the Daily Mail.
Tameka continually asked for prayers during Kile’s hospitalization and refuted recent rumors that her insurance would not allow Kyle to remain on life support for very long.
“We firmly believe in the power of prayer and ask that you all continue to pray and lift Kyle up, as it’s the best way we can all support him now,” Kyle’s family said in a statement to CNN last week.
Although Usher and Tameka were in the midst of a highly-publicized custody battle in weeks leading up to the accident, the two put their differences aside during Kile’s crisis.
Usher and Tameka have two sons together: Usher Raymond V and Naviyd Ely Raymond. Tameka’s older sons are the product of a previous relationship. Kile’s biological father is Ryan Glover.
—Tracy L. Scott
Send your condolences to Kyle’s family.